Macao Travel Budget - Visit Macao on a Budget or Travel in Style

How much does it cost to travel to Macao?

You should plan to spend around $145 (MOP1,170) per day on your vacation in Macao. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $21 (MOP170) on meals
  • $0.58 (MOP4.68) on local transportation
  • $227 (MOP1,824) on hotels

A one week trip to Macao for two people costs, on average, $2,036 (MOP16,382). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Macao cost?

A one week trip to Macao usually costs around $1,018 (MOP8,191) for one person and $2,036 (MOP16,382) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Macao on average costs around $2,036 (MOP16,382) for one person and $4,072 (MOP32,764) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Macao will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Macao on average costs around $4,363 (MOP35,104) for one person and $8,725 (MOP70,209) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Macao expensive to visit?

Macao is a moderately priced destination to visit. It's about average with most other countries for travel costs. The prices for food, accommodation, and transportation are all fairly reasonable.

Within Asia, Macao is somewhat more expensive compared to the other countries. It is in the top 25% of countries in Asia for its travel costs. While a few countries in the region are more expensive, Macao is more expensive than most.

For more details, see Is Macao Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Macao?

The average Macao trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Macao travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) MOP1,824 ($227)
Local Transportation 1 MOP4.68 ($0.58)
Food 2 MOP170 ($21)
Entertainment 1 MOP90 ($11)
Accommodation Budget in Macao
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Macao is $113 (MOP912). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Macao is $227 (MOP1,824). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

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Hotel Prices in Macao

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Local Transportation Budget in Macao
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Macao is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $0.58 (MOP4.68) per person, per day, on local transportation in Macao.

  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

What did other people spend on Local Transportation?

Typical prices for Local Transportation in Macao are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the Local Transportation prices in Macao, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.

  • Local Bus (for Two)

Food Budget in Macao
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Macao can vary, the average cost of food in Macao is $21 (MOP170) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Macao should cost around $8.45 (MOP68) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Macao is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Macao
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Macao typically cost an average of $11 (MOP90) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

What did other people spend on Entertainment?

Typical prices for Entertainment in Macao are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the Entertainment prices in Macao, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.

  • Macau Tower

Water Budget in Macao
Average Daily Costs

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  • On average, people spend $4.86 (MOP39) on bottled water in Macao per day. The public water in Macao is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Macao On a Budget
Macao Macau
Located in China, Macau is a Special Administrative Region and one of the world's most densely populated regions. Until 1999 it remained an overseas territory of Portugal. It sits across from Hong Kong, along the Pearl River Estuary. Because it was so recently relinquished as a colony, it still has a significant amount of visible colonial history. The old city still looks very European, which you can see during a walking tour. Despite this architectural influence, the majority of the city's population is native Chinese.

In addition to the city itself, Macau also includes the islands of Taipa and Coloane. These islands are connected to Macau by bridges, and they are connected to each other by a causeway. This causeway is known as the Cotai Strip. Taipa has a major residential area and also houses Macau's international airport. Coloane is less developed and has mountainous terrain. There are a couple of beaches and a few hiking trails you can explore. There is also a resort and golf course. Cotai Strip is where you will find many of Macau's casinos. Many of these are large and western in style.

Macau's climate is subtropical and the summers are hot but the winters are mild. Mid-summer to autumn is typhoon season and a major typhoon can shut down the city. It is best to plan your visit accordingly.
At A Glance
  • Gambling is the biggest revenue source for Macua. Visitors from both mainland China and Hong Kong make their way to the city to try their luck at the casinos. In the past, Casino Lisboa was the most famous casino in town, but the Sands Casino has quickly gained a reputation since its opening in 2004. You'll find most of the casinos along the waterfront on the southern side of Macau Peninsula. In 2007 the Venetian Macao, the largest casino in the world, opened here, and it has been followed by several other new additions.

  • Most people enjoy exploring the Macau Peninsula on foot. The city is very compact and easy to walk through. There's a pedestrian sidewalk on most streets but like many cities in China, the sidewalk can get quite crowded. The streets don't seem to be laid out in the most obvious pattern so you are likely to get lost. This is always part of the fun though. If you find yourself in Cotai, it is not advisable that you walk though as the streets are long with no real sights aside from the fronts of hotels.

  • Macau's official languages are Cantonese and Portuguese. Cantonese is the most frequently spoken language and Mandarin is much less common. Those who work in the tourism industry will likely speak a decent amount of Mandarin and some will speak decent English as well. Do take note though that English is not as widely spoken in Macau as it is in Hong Kong. Portuguese is no longer taught in schools so it is rarely spoken by locals. It is often on signs and maps.

  • The pataca is the official currency of Macau. It is pegged to the Hong Kong dollar and many places accept both the pataca and the Hong Kong dollar. It is virtually impossible to exchange patacas for any other currency outside of Macau, even in Hong Kong so make sure you spend or exchange any extra money before leaving the city.

  • There is free wireless internet access throughout the city. The system is known as the wifigo system and you can also use the encrypted service wifigo-s. The username is "wifigo" and the password is "wifigo".


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Top Tourist Attractions
Rua da Tercena: This street is located near St Paul's Cathedral behind Senado Square. It's a little out of the way so it avoids some of the tourist crowds but still offers unique art, architecture and flea markets. It has a great character and is a wonderful place to take a stroll.

Macau Heritage Walk: A large part of the Macau Peninsula has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site and the best way to explore it is by doing the Macau Heritage Walk. This walk will take you by many of the historic buildings, the Sao Paulo Cathedral, the Fort and the Macau Museum.

Bodhisatta Avalokitesvara: This statue is an interesting combination of Chinese and European cultures. It's located next to the sea near the Sands Casino and MGM Grand and it shows a Chinese deity in a distinctly European design that can even be compared to statues of the Virgin Mary in Europe.

Popular Foods
Despite Macau's Portuguese history, it can be difficult to find authentic Portuguese food away from the high end restaurants. Instead, stick to the Macanese and Chinese cuisines, which are excellent and ubiquitous. In general Macanese food has been influenced by the Portuguese and Chinese as well as African and Southeast Asian traders.

Pato de Cabidela: This is a traditional Portuguese dish that can be found at a variety of restaurants in Macau. It is a stew that is made of chicken with blood and herbs. It is usually served with rice. Although it sounds a little intimidating, it's actually quite good.

Galinha a Portuguesa: Although the name, Portuguese-style chicken, makes you believe it has Portuguese origins, this dish is actually completely Macanese. It is a chicken that is served with a coconut curry and it can be found throughout the city.

Beef Jerky: Beef Jerky can be found on the street that leads up to the Ruins of St. Paul. There are vendors around who will gladly hand out free samples. Make sure you try it before you buy, as the quality can vary. In general, this jerky is more moist and fresh than most jerky outside of Macau.

We've been gathering travel costs from tens of thousands of actual travelers since 2010, and we use the data to calculate average daily travel costs for destinations around the world. We also systematically analyze the prices of hotels, hostels, and tours from travel providers such as Kayak, HostelWorld, TourRadar, Viator, and others. This combination of expenses from actual travelers, combined with pricing data from major travel companies, gives us a uniqe insight into the overall cost of travel for thousands of cities in countries around the world. You can see more here: How it Works.

1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.